PARISH PROUD ANNOUNCES ANNUAL REPORT, NEW WEBSITE
Starting the new year off with a bang, Parish Proud released its 2022 annual report, an exciting recap video, and a new website.
In its third active year, Parish Proud reported over 3500 volunteers, 400 events, 40 tons of trash picked up, and an overall impact value of $152,826 in cost avoidance to taxpayers across Acadiana. With those successes, Parish Proud returned $4.11 to the community for every dollar donated.
“If we as a community can work together with such an impactful organization as Parish Proud, we can all make the impossible possible.” Advisory Board member and City Marshall Reggie Thomas said. “As the Lafayette City Marshall, I am proud to be a board member and encourage everyone to volunteer and support the efforts of Parish Proud.”
The organization started as an initiative formed in 2019 and began as a Public Service Announcement campaign aimed at cleaning up and beautifying Acadiana. Since then, it has evolved into a placemaking organization, which puts the community in the driver’s seat to improve our public spaces.
Last year they took on several large-scale projects, such as Parish Proud Day at Girard Park, presented by Ochsner Lafayette General. For this day, they partnered with organizations around Acadiana, including the Junior League of Lafayette.
“Acadiana is my home.” Advisory Board member and Chief Impact Officer of United Way of Acadiana, Angela Morrison said. “The people, the culture, and the pride of the place make it special. Adding my service to the organized effort, Parish Proud is an honor.”
The report, located on the Parish Proud website, also talks about their successful policy efforts, educational and awareness impact, and marketing results – such as almost doubling their social media following and establishing a “Parish Proud” program with the Lafayette Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Mark Garber spoke about the importance of programs that clean our community and instill pride.
“A safe community is built on a foundation of pride. Pride in who we are and where we come from.” Garber said. “Please join me and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office as we work together with our communities to keep Lafayette Parish beautiful. Be Parish Proud!”
In addition to the annual report, Parish Proud also released an exciting recap video featuring footage from volunteer events held last year. Viewers can see clips from community members and leaders by visiting the redesigned Parish Proud website.
Community members can visit the new site to sign up for upcoming events, view the Parish Proud educational offerings, and more.
Those who wish to get involved with Parish Proud, donate, see their new annual report, or recap video can visit their website at www.parishproud.org.